Upon leaving Noordwijk, we biked past 'Grand Hotel Huis der Duin', where my grandmother loved to sit in the sun and watch the sea, while my grandfather would usually continue to create flower bouquets in his store during the day and join her in the evening.
This morning the bike path led us through sunny hilly dunes to Katwijk, passing wild roses, shrubs and wild flowers. But when one is biking with Lief one does not have time to stop and take pictures (sorry John and Jennifer!). I have to take quick snapshots while biking to keep up with my long legged speedy teenage son...
We biked past a curious looking building, which turned out to be a 'Kalkoven' (lime kiln) built in 1934, apparently the last one in South Holland. The 23 metre high kiln would burn shells at 1100 degrees Celsius to create the lime, which was an ingredient used to create cement. This practice goes back as early as the 13th century.
This day we aimed to be at Leiden around lunchtime, so Lief could go for a haircut. Leiden is a beautiful city and feels very cosy. If I could choose a place to study, I think I would prefer Leiden over Utrecht where I studied well over 25 years ago now, eek! Here are some impressions:
Lief went to a traditional barber, though it turned out a little too short for his liking...
Ok, we'll be honest. The second part of the day was hard and long. We biked along the very long canal 'Vliet', which took us from Leiden south all the way into Delft. It was a beautiful road with old mansions, but we had a strong headwind all the way, making the 22km very long.... Thankfully there was an home made ice cream place along the way to take a break and recharge.
Late afternoon we arrived in Delft. See next post for some impressions from our time there.